Volunteer to Renovate Classrooms in Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

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Love Volunteers

(55 Reviews)
  • From $918 USD for 1 Week

  • 1 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older

Description

Overview

On this program, you will be able to make a difference by improving the classrooms, school buildings, and playgrounds for children in Koh Samui. Many local schools are understaffed and under resourced, and because teachers must focus on providing lessons to their students, basic maintenance tasks often are overlooked. Over time, this can cause issues such as blackboards becoming worn out and unusable, or windows and mosquito screens falling into disrepair – there also are larger safety issues that can become a problem in the classrooms and playground if the infrastructure is not properly maintained. As a volunteer, you will be able to alleviate some of the teachers’ burden in maintenance and upkeep. The goals of this project are to maintain classroom facilities for under-resourced schools, improve the future prospects of children by providing them with safe spaces to learn and play, expose locals to new and innovative ideas, and engage in intercultural exchange.

This hands-on program is ideal for those volunteers with some knowledge and experience in construction or anything relating to it, though it is not a prerequisite.

Arrival and Orientation

Once you arrive to Bangkok, local staff will pick you up at the airport and take you to the volunteer guesthouse on Khao San Road, where you will stay for your first two nights. On Saturday, you’ll have an introductory orientation and city tour, and then on Sunday, you will board to coach to Surat Thani, then ferry to Koh Samui Island, where you’ll begin your volunteering placement.

Accommodations

During your stay in Thailand, you will first live in a guesthouse in central Bangkok, which includes all amenities and a welcome meal. Once you arrive to Koh Samui Island, you will stay in one of two volunteer houses located in a small island community. Rooms are split by gender and sleep two to four people at a time. Air conditioning is provided at an additional cost during the summer. Amenities include western-style bathrooms, kitchen and laundry facilities, wifi, and bed linens. During the week, you will have lunch at the school, though you will need to provide your own breakfast and dinner, which you can purchase from local shops or try at local restaurants.

Field Conditions

Located on the Thai Gulf, Koh Samui is home to white sand beaches, amazing seafood restaurants, and excellent nightlife. While you’re there, check out the coral beds at Laem Set and Thong Takhian, the Ang Thong marine park, the butterfly garden and aquarium, the snake farm, the Bo Phut monkey theater, and the seated Buddha image on Fan Isle. You’ll have the opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways in this program, with a few of your tasks including:

- Building maintenance

- Construction

- Painting

- Gardening

- Networking with local program staff and other volunteers

- Interacting with children

Each day, you can expect to work between four and six hours, and while your schedule may change, it generally will follow this format:

7:30am Breakfast

8:15am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

8:30am Volunteering duties start – you’ll break for lunch in the middle of the day

4:00pm Volunteering duties end

4:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

During the evening, you’re free to explore the area, check out different restaurants, or relax with your fellow volunteers.

Your Impact

The school you will be placed at lacks adequate facilities to effectively teach students, so your help is needed with repairs and maintenance. Your program fee is used for construction and maintenance materials, which will go a long way toward repairing windows, replacing sinks, improving the running water, and much more. Your help will be greatly appreciated by the teachers, who will be able to better focus on their lessons, as well as the students, who will enjoy a safe place to learn and play.

Location

Koh Samui, Thailand
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Koh Samui, Thailand

    Volunteers will help repair and maintain school facilities.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Koh Samui, Thailand

    Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house.

  • Nearest Airport
    Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), Bangkok, Thailand

Cost

<p>The program fees listed includes the $299 registration fee.</p>

1 Week
12 Weeks
1 Week

$918 USD

What’s Included

  • Certificate of completion (on request)

  • Dedicated pre-departure support

  • Project placement & onsite supervision

  • 24/7 local support network

  • Food & meals (as specified above)

  • Accommodation (as specified above)

  • Orientation & full safety briefing

  • Airport pick-up on arrival

What’s Not Included

  • Return airport transfer (unless mentioned above)

  • In-country trips and excursions

  • Local transport

  • Spending money

  • Additional foods and snacks

  • Travel insurance

  • Vaccinations

  • Visas

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

This project is available year-round on Fridays. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Organization

A top volunteering organization recognized worldwide, Love Volunteers (LV) has been placing volunteers across several countries since 2009. At Love Volunteers, there is deep commitment towards making a lasting difference in developing communities and offering hope to both human and animal life.

Ever since launching this venture, Love Volunteers remains committed to providing transparent and cost-effective volunteering. LV has over 120 projects in 34 countries worldwide, placing over 20,000 volunteers since inception. Based in New Zealand, LV’s team has people who love and live for adventure. This team takes much pride and joy in working hard to deliver top-level assistance, as well as delivering life-altering volunteer experiences.

The name says it all, but the people ensure there’s much more behind that name. Love Volunteers ensure volunteers get top treatment from locals while making sure they get invaluable experiences that last a lifetime. Join LV’s cause, and you can have those moments you can tell your children and grandchildren about!

Reviews (55)

Diana

Jun 10, 2018

I am inclined to believe that these perfect 5 star reviews are fake. I recently returned from a trip organized by this agency and it was a mess. Not only was I taken advantage of financially but when I reached out to love volunteers they could care less and in ... +more

Mikela Kring

Apr 27, 2018

I was a medical volunteer in Fewa City Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal.
I am a pre-med graduate from Denmark meaning that I had no previous hands-on experience.
But I still got to observe, participate and help so many people. It was wonderful, challenging, educational and eye-opening. I learned so much ...
+more

Lisa Sloan

Apr 05, 2018

This year was my third placement through Love Volunteers and they are just the best! All of the arrangements they have made have been perfect. They check in frequently to make sure their volunteers are safe and happy, and they take time to ask for feedback regarding the placement. I ... +more

John

Apr 01, 2018

I had a fantastic time volunteering for an NGO in Cambodia working to support rural communities in adopting sustainable farming practices. I felt like I was helping to make a genuine difference in the lives of disadvantaged families and had great opportunities to have some experiences I would never have ... +more

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